Investigating Health Literacy in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: a Descriptive Review.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Inadequate health literacy is common among American adults, but little is known about the impact of health literacy in rheumatic diseases. The purpose of this article is to review studies investigating health literacy and its association with clinical outcomes in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). RECENT FINDINGS: Several validated health literacy measures have been examined in SLE patients. Low health literacy is associated with worse patient-reported outcomes and lower numeracy with higher disease activity. Two studies found no association of low health literacy with medication adherence. One randomized controlled trial tested a medication decision aid among patients with low health literacy. We found a paucity of studies exploring health literacy in SLE. Low health literacy is associated with worse patient-reported outcomes and limited numeracy with higher disease activity in SLE. Further studies are needed exploring the impact of low health literacy on clinical outcomes and the effectiveness of literacy-sensitive interventions.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Maheswaranathan, M; Cantrell, S; Eudy, AM; Rogers, JL; Clowse, MEB; Hastings, SN; Bailey, SC

Published Date

  • November 12, 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 79 -

PubMed ID

  • 33184709

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC8261622

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1534-6315

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11882-020-00978-6


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States